Behold! First Look at Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf in Netflix’s ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’
Once upon a time, there was a successful series of books called A Series of Unfortunate Events. Written by the enigmatic Lemony Snicket, it follows the three Baudelaire orphans, whose parents died in a fire and are consequently sent to live with their evil uncle Count Olaf. It’s a feel good tale, not to mention highly successful with over 60 million copies of sold across the whole 13-part series. Netflix is now working on TV version of the books, and some tricky individual on set recently managed to get a picture of Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. At least we think it’s Harris, because as you’ll see, he’s quite unrecognizable.
— Lindsay B (@lemon_buzz) April 25, 2016
Yes, the once and future Doogie Howser and Jim Carrey might as well be twin brothers while dressed as Count Olaf. That’s not a bad thing. Olaf has a very distinctive look in the book, and no one said that one of the problems with the 2004 big screen version of A Series of Unfortunate Events was the make-up effects done on Carrey. Of course that doesn’t take away the fact that seeing Harris like this is quite striking.
Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld and True Blood showrunner Mark Hudis are executive producing the series. Along with Harris, the cast includes Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes as Violet and Klaus Baudelaire, K. Todd Freeman as Mr. Poe, Aasif Mandvi as Uncle Monty, and Patrick Warburton as the voice of Lemony Snicket.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is currently in production, and will air on Netflix, likely. sometime next year. We’ll keep you posted with any updates.